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Taken after my haircut in May 2009. Lost 110 lbs.

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First time horseback riding in 17 years.... out having a great time with my daughter.

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This was when I was at 265 lbs. I thought I was looking much better since I had lost 25 lbs.

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Well, here I am hanging on by any means possible to maintain my lost poundage and also to loose the last fat cells clinging to my butt, waist, thighs, etc. Over the past 40 years, I have had more roller coaster rides around weight up and weight down than most amusement parks have in a day.

This time though instead of treating this as a weight-loss challenge with an actual finish line at the end, I decided 1) to actually really really change my eating habits and 2) to EXERCISE. I have read lots and lots of books on the topics, talked with anyone who might have the smallest relevance to those two goals, learned to like cooking (somewhat anyway), found a personal trainer to whip my blob of jelly body into shape, and anything else that might have the smallest sliver of impact on moving on to a more healthful life.

It has not been a quick journey so far since I purposely chose to take it slow and steady this time around. But the rewards so far are huge. My A1C is hovering around 5.5-5.6 which for a type II diabetic is fantastic. I have dropped several of my meds for rheumatoid arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. I feel great and others are noticing that I look better and feel better too.

Now I need to address my final hurdle before I can continue on the journey. That is to tackle my overeating … emotional eating, binge eating, food addiction… whatever it is that is making my eating life very difficult right now. But I am working with others, reading, and meditating on the issue. I am a real problem solver so I am very hopeful that this too shall pass. This last hurdle of course is what has caused the failures in the past and will be difficult to control (not sure if it can ever be really controlled… maybe understood) this time around. The mind is a sneaky and devious thing to deal with :)

"Dieting is like driving with your foot on the brake. Sooner or later, the tires wear down and we skid out of control. If diets were faulty cars, we would be suing the manufacturer. Instead, we let them blame us." from Calm Eating by Dr. Rick Kausman

June 20, 2009 Update Quote:
"If yout think you are too small to be effective you've never been in bed with a mosquito." from Calm Eating by Dr. Rick Kausman

July 19, 2009 Update Quote:
Acceptance does not imply self-delusion. It involves coming to terms with what is. When you accept yourself you simply say, "This if how I am right now. I don't know what the future will bring. I do know that if I want to change, I must first feel as comfortable as I can with myself in the present." from Calm Eating vy Dr. Rick Kausman

Member Since: 6/20/2008

Fitness Minutes: 17,524

My Goals:
My goal is to finally learn to live healthfully!!

My Program:
1. Eat Heathly
2. Exercise (variety of activities to avoid boredom)
3. Sleep well :)
4. Continue to learn and explore new interests and opportunities.
5. Continue to change and never become stale.

Personal Information:
I grew up in Iowa, lived in Liberia, Africa as a Peace Corp volunteer for 3 years, and then came to the DC area where I have lived ever since. I have two kids in their twenties. My daughter is getting married in Oct so a busy time right now :)

Other Information:
I love reading the inspirational quotes from the Calm Eating booklet by Dr. Rick Kausman.

"By accepting and understanding who you are - your power, your vulnerability, your strength, and your imperfections - you can make changes."

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    Glad to see you're doing fine and living life!
    3160 days ago
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    CONGRATULATIONS and WAY TO GO on having your spark page selected as MOTIVATIONAL SPARK PAGE OF THE DAY!!! Blessings to you as you continue your healthy lifestyle journey.
    3181 days ago
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    "Life is full of sweet surprises, every day's a gift
    The sun comes up and I can feel it lift my spirit
    fills me up with laughter, fills me up with song
    I look into the eyes of love and know that I belong.
    Bless us all who gather here, the loving family I hold dear
    No place on earth compares with home
    And every path will bring me back from where I roam.
    Bless us all that as we live, we always comfort and forgive,
    We have so much that we can share, with those in need we see around us everywhere." (Muppet Christmas carol)

    I know I'll be busy over the next week or so, but wanted you to know I appreciate you being part of my spark family and hope you have a wonderful Holiday.

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    3196 days ago
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    "To know someone here or there with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts expressed ~ That can make life a garden."
    So thankful you are on this journey with me. Happy Thanksgiving!
    3222 days ago
    Saw you in My Friend Feed this morning and wanted to say hello. I'm still sparking and maintaining. I have been very busy with my stuff, so addicting!!! Take care and have a great day.
    3233 days ago
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